Zimbabwe

War between Mugabe, former freedom fighters escalates – report

2016-11-14 18:00
President Robert Mugabe. (File: AFP)

President Robert Mugabe. (File: AFP)

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Harare – Zimbabwean War veterans have reportedly told President Robert Mugabe to ditch the Generation 40 (G40), which is largely believed to be allied to his wife Grace, if he wants to work with them again. 

According to NewsDay, the war veterans' chairperson, Christopher Mutsvangwa said that they would only start working with Mugabe again if he ditched the G40 group.

The war veterans made a significant break with Mugabe in July for the first time, calling him dictatorial, manipulative and egocentric. 

The former freedom fighters had been a pillar for the 92-year-old leader for decades, always ready to defend the veteran leader and "unleashing violence" on those who opposed the government.

According to reports the war veterans were believed to be backing Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa to take over from Mugabe when he left office.

But, the G40 group allegedly led by Higher Education Minister Jonathan Moyo and Minister of Local Government Saviour Kasukuwere were backing Grace.

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